Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette



- By LUCY WILLIAMSON @ lucycwilli­amson

THE grandson of Thomas O’Halloran, the 87-year-old who was stabbed while on his mobility scooter in Greenford, had to formally identify his body last week, an inquest opening has heard.

Dennis Linter identified his grandfathe­r’s body at Fulham Public Mortuary, after he was stabbed repeatedly in the neck, chest and abdomen.

Mr O’Halloran, originally from Ennistymon in County Clare in the west of Ireland, died after being stabbed in the chest in Greenford, West London, on Tuesday, August 16.

The retired ‘maintenanc­e man’ had been travelling the 75 yards to Runnymede Gardens on his scooter when he was stabbed.

He flagged down two members of the public who called London Ambulance Service.

“Despite best efforts of all of those attending, he soon died afterwards,” Detective Inspector Laura Nelson told the inquest opening on Tuesday (August 30) via videolink at West London Coroners Court.

A post mortem undertaken on August 17 by Dr Chapman concluded a provisiona­l cause of death as a stab wound to the neck and chest.

After the Met Police launched an investigat­ion, CCTV footage allegedly identified suspect Lee Byer, 44, who was arrested on suspicion of killing 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran in what a prosecutor has described as a “vicious attack”.

Byer, of no fixed address, was charged on August 19 with Mr O’Halloran’s murder and possessing a large knife.

On Tuesday, August 23 he made his first appearance at the Old Bailey before the Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft QC.

The defendant appeared by video link from custody at Belmarsh prison wearing a grey tracksuit.

Judge Lucraft set a plea hearing for November 8 with a provisiona­l trial of up to three weeks from May 2, 2023.

The inquest into Mr O’Halloran’s death has been suspended, pending the outcome of the criminal trial.

Mr O’Halloran, originally from Co Clare in Ireland, was a passionate musician and described as “very popular” in Greenford, often busking for charity. Footage on social media shows him busking to raise money for Ukraine months before the killing.

He is survived by his family, including his sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews.

Fine Gael senator Martin Conway said Mr O’Halloran visited Ireland regularly and that his death has left his home community in Ennistymon in “deep shock and sadness”.

“Tommy, as he was known, left Ennistymon for London 71 years ago but travelled home almost every year until about 10 years ago,” he said.

Mr O’Halloran’s younger brother George told the Daily Mail : “Tommy was a kind and gentle man.

“He was a very kind person who would get along with anybody. This was a terrible thing to have happened.”

He was a very kind person who would get along with anybody. This was a terrible thing to have happened. Tommy’s brother George

 ?? ?? Thomas O’Halloran, known as Tommy
Thomas O’Halloran, known as Tommy

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